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Author: Johannes Friedrich, translated into English by Frank Gayn
Keywords: extinct languages; cuneiform; Egyptian hieroglyphs; Etruscan; linear B; Hittite language; Akkadian language; Sumerian language
Creative Commons license: CC0 1.0 Universal
Subject: Thank you aibek
Thank you aibek for a good summary of the book
The original book is titled: Entzifferung Verschollener Schriften und Sprachen [“Decipherment of Extinct Scripts and Languages”]. Tr. from the German original by Frank Gaynor.
The title of the English translation is bad. The book is not about extinct languages or scripts, but their decipherment. The author covers a broad area on that topic.
The book is to be read sequentially -- it is not a collection of essays.
Outlines of the table of contents:
I. The Three Great Decipherments in the Study of the Ancient Orient: 1. The Egyptian Hieroglyphics, 2. Cuneiform Writing, 3. The Hittite Hieroglyphic Writing. [100 pp.]
II. The Decipherment and Study of Other Scripts and Languages of the Old World: 1. (Lycian, Lydian, Side, Numidian), 2. (Cypriote, Proto-Byblic), 3. (Etruscan, other languages of Italy, Phrygian) [50 pp.]
III. Principles of the Methodology of the Decipherment of Extinct Scripts and Languages. [8 pp.]
IV. A Few Examples of Undeciphered Scripts. [11 pp.]
Appendix and Index.
About the files uploaded by Mr Schwing: the corresponding ‘cropped’ files are better in all respects.
Subject: Problem with scan III
I was rating the first scan, not the document. Perhaps the review system should make it more clear which you're rating.
I actually used some images from the scan on my website, www.philly-bob.net/pdindex.htm, under "Dead Languages Live." Which is about the highest rating I can give.
Thanks again, Mike.
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